Striker talks about decision to join the RoyalsDeadline-day arrival Lewis Grabban admitted that the Royals’ style of football was a factor in his decision to make a loan move to Madejski Stadium.
With Jaap Stam's Royals sitting in the play-off positions after 29 games, the forward hopes that he can slot straight in to contribute to some more success in the coming months.
“Initially I wanted to seek a loan move to play football,” said Grabban. “I didn’t get much game-time at Bournemouth this season, so the main thing was to try and play some football.
“And with Reading having a good season so far, I thought that was a good match. The team tries to play football the right way, so I thought this was the best place to come.
“You want to enjoy it while you’re playing – you don’t want to be banging it long and chasing. You want to have possession and play good football, and that’s everything that Reading is about this season.
“There were a few other options, but Reading stuck out for me in terms of the playing style and the ambition of what they want to do this season.
“It’s important to have a manager who is clear in exactly what he wants to do and what he wants from the players. It makes it easier for the squad and inevitably easier to be successful. So that was a major thing too.
“There was a bit of interest for a while, but I wasn’t actually given permission to go on loan until very late – so it was a bit to and fro between the clubs. But I got the chance and made the decision.”
Grabban has three promotions under his belt already – twice he earned elevation to the Championship during spells with Millwall and Bournemouth, and then he helped Norwich to the Premier League as recently as 2015.
“I’ve played in the Championship before and been quite successful, so hopefully I can bring some of my experience to the squad and the team can benefit from that,” Grabban reflected.
“I’ve got a bit experience in getting promotions, and what stages you might go through – the ups and downs of a promotion season, and being able to keep focused on the end goal.
“Hopefully I can use that to help us.”
Grabban could make his bow as early as Saturday when we play Ipswich – the front-man has netted before at Portman Road before, scoring the winning goal for Norwich in an East Anglian derby.
“I’m just going to work hard and try to get in as early as possible, and whenever the manager feels is right, I’ll be ready,” he continued.
“I got some minutes in a friendly today, and I feel that even when I’ve been out of the squad at Bournemouth, I’ve kept myself in good nick and ready for this opportunity.
“The Reading fans have been really welcoming. That’s always nice when you join a club, when you get that support from the fans!”